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Arts, such as dance, drama, and music, that are performed before an audience.
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the arts that are primarily performed before an audience, such as dance and drama
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arts or skills that require public performance, as acting, singing, and dancing.
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|Noun||1.||performing arts - arts or skills that require public performance|
musical performance - the act of performing music
dancing, terpsichore, dance, saltation - taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
arts, humanistic discipline, humanities, liberal arts - studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills); "the college of arts and sciences"
direct - guide the actors in (plays and films)
cast - select to play,sing, or dance a part in a play, movie, musical, opera, or ballet; "He cast a young woman in the role of Desdemona"
recast - cast again, in a different role; "He was recast as Iago"
miscast - cast an actor, singer, or dancer in an unsuitable role
typecast - cast repeatedly in the same kind of role
stage direct - direct for the stage
stage, present, represent - perform (a play), especially on a stage; "we are going to stage `Othello'"
stunt - perform a stunt or stunts
blaze away - perform (an acting passage) brilliantly and rapidly; "Mr. Jones blazed away in one passage after another to loud applause"
perform - give a performance (of something); "Horowitz is performing at Carnegie Hall tonight"; "We performed a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera"
grandstand - perform ostentatiously in order to impress the audience and with an eye to the applause; "She never misses a chance to grandstand"
underperform - perform too rarely; "Her plays are underperformed, although they are very good"
sightsing, sight-sing - sing from a score without having seen it before; "This tenor can sightsing even the most difficult pieces"
give - perform for an audience; "Pollini is giving another concert in New York"
play - perform on a certain location; "The prodigy played Carnegie Hall at the age of 16"; "She has been playing on Broadway for years"
play - be performed or presented for public viewing; "What's playing in the local movie theater?"; "`Cats' has been playing on Broadway for many years"
debut - appear for the first time in public; "The new ballet that debuts next months at Covent Garden, is already sold out"
debut - make one's debut; "This young soprano debuts next month at the Metropolitan Opera"
debut - present for the first time to the public; "The band debuts a new song or two each month"
premier, premiere - be performed for the first time; "We premiered the opera of the young composer and it was a critical success"
read - audition for a stage role by reading parts of a role; "He is auditioning for `Julius Caesar' at Stratford this year"
act, play, represent - play a role or part; "Gielgud played Hamlet"; "She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role"; "She played the servant to her husband's master"
impersonate, portray - assume or act the character of; "She impersonates Madonna"; "The actor portrays an elderly, lonely man"
interpret, render - give an interpretation or rendition of; "The pianist rendered the Beethoven sonata beautifully"
subtitle - supply (a movie) with subtitles
costume - furnish with costumes; as for a film or play
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